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A Heartfelt Reminder,Writing Updates and Contests!

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength To Love, 1963 

Hello Creatives ,

I’m back to continue in the spirit of creating and promoting meaningful works to help you learn and live by. I hope that we continue to have compassion and empathy for one another and that Dr. King and other fighters of wrongdoers did not die in vain. Let’s stay prayerfully awake, aware and continue to speak on the need for accountability.

I’ve been writing tirelessly during my blog sabbatical and have received many emails seeking help on meaningful projects from other creatives in their work to combat bullying, hatred and violence.

You can view links to some of these concerns here:


I’m not overly concerned about winning a popularity contest with my blogs by way of comments or followers. I’m more interested in making a positive impact that leads to change in the world, and so I sent an email to Arianna Huffington, (former founder & editor-in- chief) of Huffington Post, where I shared some of what I, as a woman of color could bring to the conversation on violence and race in America, as a Huffing-ton Post contributor. I will share bits of her response at a later date, but you can read my latest article here:


I’m also writing, editing and submitting old and newer works to various publications, and recently, among some poetry and short story rejections there have been positive results and I’m grateful and thankful for my gifts: https://thebluenib.com/tag/Clara-Freeman/

I contributed to this anthology on true life lessons learned from failed relationships. The author will compile a series of books on the subject. Check her out here:  www.BloggingDrAlonda.com



I always write to maintain balance in my life and I’m blessed to be well versed in several genres. I’m sure you all would agree that writing is therapeutic. My writings keep me grounded and humbled and feeling blessed (I’m too blessed to be stressed, y’all!) Anyhow, I haven’t gotten any new  updates on the release of Unleash Your Pearls Empowering Women’s Voices from my publisher, which is a bummer, but patience is a virtue:)

Here are some great upcoming contests for y’all to check out and hopefully find something  of interest in your genre. Some contests are fee based and some are not.

Oftentimes, we writers think we’re not making a living with our work, unless we are seeing dollar bills. Ms. Robbie of Welcome To Sweetie Pies, coined the phrase “if it don’t make  money it don’t make sense.” That’s all good when you’re business minded and only centered on making money, but those of us who use our writings to make a difference are not solely centered on the grind for the sake of the almighty dollar.We are successful at sharing our work,  knowing that somewhere and with someone, we have aided in making a life better.
September kicks off my monthly blog postings, unless more exciting news find me. I’ve decided to pursue new projects that will expand under my brand leadership that includes influence-rs, motivators and thought leaders, armed with a common goal . I will always appreciate every voice who stops by Clara’s Writer’s Blog to share in this awe-inspiring world of literary creativity.  Writers, innovators and critical thinkers, I heart you all.
Be blessed and be a blessing!
“Where love is God is”~ CF















A Writer’s Road To Nostalgia

Marvin Gaye
Image via Wikipedia

I got the idea for this fun post from reading my November copy of Ebony Magazine‘s 65th Anniversary issue.This issue celebrates its longevity by having todays stars channel some of the most famous world figures to ever grace the cover of Ebony Magazine. I was blown away with the recreation that includes John Legend as Duke Ellington. Mary J. Blige as Diana Ross and Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King Jr. There are twelve stars paying homage to some iconic world leaders and trendsetters in the Special Collectors’s Edition. 

Clara54’S  special invitation requests your presence as she takes a nostalgic stroll down memory lane during the 70’s where teenage girls celebrated the Age of Aquarius ,rode in cars with boys and partied in tne Psychedelic Shack ” that’s where it’s at!”  Here’s some of what was hot back in the 70’s with a tad bit of research for accuracy 🙂 Stuffy stuff first:

Gaseline was only 40 cents a gallon. The US ended the War in Vietnam. The racehorse, Secretariat won the Triple Crown (sorry to spoil the movie ending) and The Sears Towers in Chicago opened.  Best part of the 70’s?!!

Songs: Tie A Yellow Ribbon by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce. Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack and Let’s Get It On by the late Marvin Gaye.

Movies: The Sting. The Way We Were. The Exorcist (my fav at the time) Papillon with the late Steve Mcqueen and Magnum Force…

It’s not often that clara54 take these sentimental journeys, but recalling those long ago wild & crazy times can be fun and so why not share? What were some of your fav memories from those days gone by? Feel free to send an invite!.

P.S. For all of you creatives in the NY/NJ/Philadelphia area, Deborah Bailey will be holding a booksigning for Think Like An Entrepreneur:Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge Of Your Life at Borders Books in Princeton, NY. Go to http://wwwborders.com/online/storedetailview131 for more info. I completed Deb’s eclass  (based on her book) and she still sends encouraging emails!…